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Mainspring (Paperback)

Author:  Jay Lake
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0765356368
ISBN-13: 9780765356369
Sku: 205771674
Publish Date: 4/29/2008
Pages:  358
Age Range:  NA
 
In Lake''s first trade novel, he has envisioned a clockwork solar system. There a young clockmaker''s apprentice is visited by the Archangel Gabriel, who tells him that he must take the Key Perilous and rewind the Mainspring of the Earth to prevent disaster.
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A first installment of a series in which the planets are run by a sophisticated clockwork solar system that connects everyday people to the Creator, a young clockmaker's apprentice is appointed by the Archangel Gabriel to rewind the Earth's Mainspring to prevent a disaster. Reprint.A first installment of a series in which the planets are run by a sophisticated clockwork solar system that connects everyday people to the Creator, a young clockmaker's apprentice is appointed by the Archangel Gabriel to rewind the Earth's Mainspring to prevent a disaster. Reprint.In a world in which the planets are run by a sophisticated clockwork solar system that connects everyday people to the Creator, a young clockmaker's apprentice is appointed by the Archangel Gabriel to rewind the Earth's Mainspring to prevent a disaster.
Jay Lake’s first trade novel is an astounding creation.  Lake has envisioned a clockwork solar system, where the planets move in a vast system of gears around the lamp of the Sun. It is a universe where the hand of the Creator is visible to anyone who simply looks up into the sky, and sees the track of the heavens, the wheels of the Moon, and the great Equatorial gears of the Earth itself.
 
Mainspring is the story of a young clockmaker's apprentice, who is visited by the Archangel Gabriel. He is told that he must take the Key Perilous and rewind the Mainspring of the Earth. It is running down, and disaster will ensue if it's not rewound. From innocence and ignorance to power and self-knowledge, the young man will make the long and perilous journey to the South Polar Axis, to fulfill the commandment of his God.
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Jay Lake bases his philosophical allegory, MAINSPRING, on the following premise: God created the universe--in this case one in which, like the endlessly complex mechanism of a clock, the earth rotates around the sun on something like a heavenly brass rail line. When the mainspring that keeps the earth moving on track falters, a young clockmaker receives personal instructions from an archangel on how to save the world. MAINSPRING was nominated for the 2008 Nebula Award for Best Novel.

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Pocketbook
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0358
Product attributePublisher:   Tor Books
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